The emerald green beauty, quaint architecture and quintessentially Irish atmosphere of Killarney have been attracting visitors for centuries. As a result, local establishments have come to embrace travelers with open arms, and the lakes, forests and waterfalls of Killarney National Park have long since been placed under protection to preserve their natural beauty.
Come here to wander the winding roads and see the preserved relics of a time gone by. Visit the local estate and castle of Killarney Park. See quaint historic graveyards and churches still frequented by local residents. Explore the narrow side streets, craft shops and busy markets of Killarney town.
At night, after a long day of sightseeing, watch the sunset and head to the nearest local restaurant or pub. The food here is traditional and the energy is friendly and lively. No matter what you decide to do here, you'll be sure to meet some new friends and make some lasting memories.
Here are a few additional suggestions of things to do during your visit:
- Visit the Muckross House: This preserved 19th century mansion and gardens lie in a very picturesque area. While you're here, visit the remains of Muckross Abbey, just a mile or so up the road.
- Stroll through Killarney National Park: Hike or bike the pathways of the park, take a boat to Innisfallen Island, look for red deer, or visit the ancient bronze mines.
- Visit Ross Castle: Explore the corridors of this 15th century castle. The castle, its history and its resident ghost draws visitors to Killarney Park every year.
- Take a horse drawn carriage ride: This is another quaint and charming way to experience the beautiful landscape of Killarney National Park.
- Visit the Muckross Traditional Farms: Come to this historic working farmstead and take a step back in time. Learn how to bake bread, make fresh butter and see various seasonal farm tasks taking place.
- See St. Mary's Cathedral: This church was built on the western end of New Street in Killarney Town around 1850 and is a classic example of Ireland's neo-gothic architecture.
During any season of the year, you'll have no trouble finding a perfect vacation rental in or around Killarney. Rent a charming condo overlooking the streets of Killarney Town if you'd like to be close to the pubs and live music venues or book a cabin in the woods if you prefer to be closer to the Killarney National Park. While you're visiting Killarney, you may want to take day trips to explore the quaint nearby towns of Barraduff and Rathmore.
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